What’s the Big Deal with 10,000 Steps Anyway?

Walking Series #5 My son got himself a fitness tracker recently and he and I like to challenge each other to see who gets more steps each day. Our routine sounds a little like this: Son: “How many steps did you get today, Mom?” Me: “A lot! Like almost 10,000. I was all over the […]

Walk this Weigh

Walking Series #4 If I haven’t convinced you yet, walking can be a game changer. Just ask anyone who claims that walking has saved their lives. During my research, I came across stories of people whose depression lifted, whose anxiety waned, whose cardiovascular problems disappeared and many who lost a lot of weight too. And […]

I “heart” Walking

Walking Series #3 Did you know every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack in the United? And the American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States every year: in 2017 alone, more than 850,000 people died of coronary related illnesses and the numbers continue to rise.  If you could decrease your […]

Walk the Walk (and a call to action)

Walking Series #2 Walking is the oldest, easiest and most accessible way to keep healthy. Period. So why do we still drive to the grocery store, to see our friends and to the gym (well, we used to)?  I get that unless you live in a city or super close to a town, things are […]

The Talk on Walking and Why You Should Do it Too.

Walking Series #1 My 98-year old grandmother takes daily walks. I think these walks are one of the primary reasons she’s still so engaged and vibrant at this advanced age. She’ll go in most kinds of weather and for the past five years she has used a walker at a very slow pace, but she […]

Cancer Prevention: Move More and Ditch Drinking

We haven’t heard much about health and medicine these days except for all things virus, but the American Cancer Society (ACS) just made its most recent recommendations for cancer prevention. And here’s what you should know. Maintain a Healthy Weight My sister, weight loss expert and registered dietician, Amy Mackenzie, likes to quip, “You can’t […]

Group Exercise- What’s a Gym Rat to Do Now?

Almost everything about our daily lives has changed this spring. As we tentatively begin to resume our some of our routine, what’s the latest with exercising in groups and what’s a gym rat to do? The Good and the Bad Data suggests working out with others increases camaraderie, motivation, achievement of goals, and consistency. But […]

Neck and Shoulder Pain? Check in on your Sleep Position.

I totally get it. Not a lot of us are sleeping that well these days. My neck and shoulders have been aching from weeks of looking into my computer while teaching my virtual Pilates sessions. While I’m loving the interaction and new platform for reaching across streets and states to old and new friends and […]

Exercising in Captivity – A Call to Action

I am a huge fan of online streaming… I am currently midway through Little Fires Everywhere and The Crown, in fact … but if ever there was a time for getting off the couch and moving your body, it is now.  As we are quarantined, while we are certainly not all held against our will […]

Exercising in Captivity -A Call to Action

I am a huge fan of online streaming… I am currently midway through Little Fires Everywhere and The Crown, in fact … but if ever there was a time for getting off the couch and moving your body, it is now.  As we are quarantined, while we are certainly not all held against our will […]

Worried About Getting Sick? Get Some Exercise!

Worried about catching the latest virus or flu? We all have been very well- informed of the importance of proper, thorough and frequent handwashing to help keep germs at bay, but did you know regular moderate exercise has been shown to reduce your risk of getting sick, too? Exercising can help prevent illnesses: Studies have […]

The Problem with Abs

My teenage sons like to walk around the house showing off their “six-packs.” But when a coach recently told one of them, despite his ripped abs and well-defined muscles, that he needed a stronger core for a faster and more powerful kick, he was dumbfounded. Unfortunately, there are many problems with traditional ab workouts like […]

Want to Win at Swim (or Soccer or Lax)? Get More Sleep

Have you ever caught your son playing Fortnite at midnight with his friends after he “went to bed at 9?” Or pleaded with your daughter, “Please put the phone down and go to bed!”? Not that this happens in my house, but…. more and more studies offer powerful data that lack of sleep tonight could […]

Fitness Trends for 2020

Is getting in shape on your list of New Year’s resolutions? American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) publishes an annual list of fitness trends (defined as behaviors that have staying power),that might entice you to try something others find effective. Here are a few of the hottest fitness trends for 2020 : #1 Wearable technology  […]

Top Fitness Trends for 2020

Is getting in shape on your list of New Year’s resolutions? American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) publishes an annual list of fitness trends (defined as behaviors that have staying power),that might entice you to try something others find effective. Here are a few of the hottest fitness trends for 2020 : #1 Wearable technology  […]

CBD Oil for Health and Fitness

I Tried CBD Coffee and Here’s What Happened.. CBD is everywhere! You may have seen it marketed as an add-in to your green smoothies or as a topical for pain-relief. I was curious so I ordered myself some CBD coffee and tried it out. Here’s what I found… Not all CBDs are the same. Cannabidoil […]

How to Live to 96 1/2

Over this past Christmas break week, I visited my grandmother in the hospital. She was admitted with a fever and dehydration. She’s doing just fine now, but I spent many hours over a few days with her. Amid the flurry of nurses and aides and specialists who were in and out of her room, many […]

Stand Up For Yourself!

Next time you’re on the checkout line at the grocery store, look around you. How many people are standing with their weight to one side, with one knee bent and the other straight, like they are holding an invisible infant on their hip? I’ll bet just about everyone, including you! So how are your hips […]

Clear the Clutter. Clear Your Mind.

How many times do you lose your car keys amid that pile of “To Dos” on your desk? Or spend extra time looking through your purse to find your keys? Or miss the deadline for Bingo Night so you and your family miss out again this year? I could go on, but then you’d know […]

Health Benefits of Gratitude

My family faced a lot of upheaval in 2014. We moved into a small rental for 8 months while we renovated our old home and at the same time I received health news that resulted in three surgeries in 6 months. The last one was one year ago this week. The good news is that […]

Want a Beach-Ready Body? Get Some Sleep!

After our recent family vacation, I’ve been thinking about the importance of sleep. More specifically, I’m considering the implications of lack of sleep. One morning, midway through our trip, I was so tired that I walked into an open glass shower door, leaving me with a nasty bump and an ugly bruise! After a little […]

Are You Moving Mindfully?

As the spring weather slowly appears, are you making time for yourself to smell the (real and proverbial) flowers? Its so easy to let the day fly by rather than taking the time to be in the moment.. to see the new flower that has appeared or to smell the clean spring air.  I ask […]

Food is always a good place to start!

When I started my Pilates journey, I was looking for a physical challenge, learning a new method of exercise; I didn’t expect it would lead to a lifelong commitment to healthy living.  To start with a chat about food is an an easy way for me to begin what I hope to be a blog about […]